Without the ability to pursue sanctions as a policy direction, the European Union would be forced to consider a much softer tone with Russia.
Diehard supporters on both sides claim that their candidate is the lesser evil.
Ali Peterson discusses the impact (or lack thereof) of economic sanctions on Russia, and argues that Western leaders must reevaluate their policy toward Moscow.
On Wednesday, Mosha Gessen, a New York Times journalist and Russian refugee, spoke at Cornell about Putin, the new Russian state, and Pussy Riot. Thea Walsh argues that Vladimir Putin has strived to exclude dissident groups from Russian society by depicting them as foreign and anti-Russian.